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March 1984

Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(3):458. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350150042012

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This is a new book dealing with poisoning and drug overdose, which seems to be an excellent addition to the literature on this subject. The editors have chosen an impressive group of contributors to the book, which is divided into two parts. The first part contains 15 general chapters dealing with such topics as the principles of pharmacology, laboratory diagnosis, toxicology, and the active methods for detoxification and acute exposure to hazardous materials. The remainder of the book is divided into nine sections (91 chapters) dealing with specific poisons. This is not a quick and easy, cookbook-approach but rather is an indepth presentation of common and uncommon problems. Each chapter includes physiologic and pharmacologic considerations as well as diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines. It is well referenced and contains information from the 1982 literature.

Perhaps the most telling point about the importance of the book is the fact that the forward

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